Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Day on Tap for Derby Hopefuls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Big Day on Tap for Derby Hopefuls

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A tactic that's worked for Cairo Prince in the past may be his go- to move again in the Florida Derby.

Cairo Prince has been set as the 9-5 favorite for today's Grade 1, $1 million race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Fla., a major prep along the road to the Kentucky Derby. The draw was Wednesday, and it was no surprise to see the multiple stakes winner trained by Kiaran McLaughlin set as the one to beat.

What Cairo Prince probably won't be, at least in the early stages of the 1 1/8 mile race, is the one to catch. There's speed on either side of Cairo Prince, with second-choice Wildcat Red (3-1) having drawn the inside starting position and General a Rod (7-2) opening in the No. 6 spot in the eight-horse field.

"He's happy and we're happy with post three," McLaughlin said. "There's a lot of speed in there, so I think we'll be coming from behind."

That's what Cairo Prince had to do in his only other start this year, when he won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream back on Jan. 25.

Sent off as the favorite then, Cairo Prince a winner in three of his four career starts was content to find a good spot not far off the pace, then find his extra gear with about two furlongs to run on the way to winning by nearly six lengths.

Wildcat Red has won his last two stakes races and has prevailed in four of six lifetime starts. Wildcat Red's last loss was Jan. 1 to General a Rod, the third choice in the Florida Derby field at 7- 2.

Constitution puts his unbeaten record on the line in his first stakes race and is part of trainer Todd Pletcher's powerful stable. Constitution will open from the No. 4 spot.

Spot, the Nick Zito-trainee, will open on the far outside and is another horse not shy about making a charge from off the pace.

"I would have preferred the 1," said Zito, a three-time winner of the Florida Derby.

Louisiana Derby

Intense Holiday has drawn the inside post position and is listed as a 2-1 morning line favorite for today's $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby, one of the premier prep races for the Kentucky Derby. …

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